Drop Spindle – attaching fiber

on a spindle

Pictures to come!

You dropped your spindle or you are ready to attach new fiber – no problem.

On the fiber that is attached to your spindle, leave a bit of fuzzy fiber (not yet spun or take out twist if you need to) about 1 to 2 inches, depending on your staple length.  The fiber source should be fuzzy too.  Overlap the two pieces by a little less than an inch.  You will need to hold them together until you get twist in there.  You may find it easier to gently pre-draft a small amount of fiber (from the new fiber) to attach with just the tips.  It will make a smoother thinner transition point.

Hold fiber, get your spindle going again with gently twist, draft your fiber.

note:  You will need enough time to deal with drafting the overlap fiber connection area so go a little slow on the amount of twist until you get the fiber drafted evenly and securely connected again.

If it turns out the fiber is too thick at the connection, park your spindle, (while holding the yarn on either side of the connection area) loosen the twist with your spindle hand by rolling the yarn in the opposite directions of the twist.  While holding back that twist, pull apart (draft) at that connection point in super small increments until you are satisfied with the thickness.  Let the twist you were holding back back into the fiber.

note:  If you can’t draft, you either need to get your twist to a manageable point (you have let your twist go into your fiber source (past where you are drafting)), or move your hands a little further apart (remember staple length) while you work the yarn.